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Me and my uke

Strummity, composed by Stella Perano and Avery Adams has won the duo first prize in the Young Ukers inaugural songwriting competition.

Along with Matawai School students, Emma Glengarry and Liana Redpath, who won second prize with their original song My Dog Has Fleas, the two Illminster Intermediate musicians will have an opportunity to perform the work next week.

The Young Ukers concert is an opportunity for young players to get together and be part of a fun, interactive ukulele experience. Stella and Avery’s original song is all about ukulele fun — as heard particularly in the witty second verse . . .

“Sometimes when we play the songs that we wrote/we accidentally hit the wrong note.” (“Play four random chords”, says a stage direction in the score).

Young Ukers organisers wanted to give Gisborne’s young ukulele players a taste of the Smokefreerockquest experience in which school-aged students write and perform their own songs.

“We did a couple of simple songwriting workshops but there are a lot of resources online,” says Young Ukers co-organiser Keren Rickard.

“If you can play a chord or two on the ukulele you can write a song.”

The Young Ukers Concert will be held at the War Memorial Theatre on Friday, June 14. The one hour beginners concert starts at 5.30pm followed by the advanced concert at 7pm. Tickets are available from the historic Plunket Building in Palmerston Road on Wednesday from 4-5pm. Tickets will also be available at the door.

STRUMMITY: Illminster Intermediate students Stella Perano (pictured) and Avery Adams (on tour) won first prize in the Young Ukers inaugural songwriting competition with their witty song Strummity. Picture by Paul Rickard